Book: Green Lantern/ New Gods: Godhead. Act 1, Part 1
Writer(s): Van Jensen, and Justin Jordan
Artist: A lot to list, check the comixology page for a full list
Summary from comixology: “GODHEAD” Act 1, Part 1: Highfather, leader of the New Gods, has long studied the infinite and infinitely mysterious Source Wall which surrounds the universe. Now, he has learned that during “Green Lantern: Lights Out,” the ring-wielders broke through the Wall and stole secrets of cosmic importance. Determined to breach the Source Wall himself, Highfather must gain one of each colored ring in the emotional spectrum. But even mighty Highfather doesn’t know all, and the forces he’s about to unleash will have transformative effects on the whole DC Universe! Cosmic mystery, overwhelming odds, familiar and brand-new New Gods – This one’s got it all!
That last statement, “This one’s got it all!” boy was that true. This was a great start to the crossover run and it had some pretty emotional moments, especially for the start of an event. Now, I normally stay away from major events in comic books, somehow they always leave me a little disappointed, or I feel they are anti-climatic. This was only act 1, part 1, but I feel like this was a really strong issue. There is a lot going on to kick off this series, but this issue does a lot to prepare us for what is to come; and, what’s to come sounds freaking brutal! “With these seven rings, I will at last bring Darkseid to his knees.”
Having a few writers working on the same book is an interesting way to tell a story. In this issue our storytellers are Jensen and Jordan and they do a really great job at setting things up, and tearing things down. Some of my favorite moments in this book were the scenes involving Saint Walker and Mogo, and also the fights with Sinestro and Larfleeze were a lot of fun. I really loved in the fight panels when the color scheme switched to a red background and a black and white character sketch. It really made it easier to see what was going on. (The Red Lanterns altercation was also very emotional, and a little depressing…)
The only bad I could think of for this book was the lack of background for why the New Gods were so upset with Darkseid. The first several pagers were history and explaining some of the hatred between the two, but I would have much rather had a longer history lesson regarding the New Gods. Besides that, I really couldn’t find anything else I didn’t like in this issue.
The Final Say:
If you enjoy the Lanterns, any of the colors, then you really need to read this book. It was a solid 4 out of 4, and I am really excited to see where the story will go from here. At times it was a little confusing, but the beautiful art made up for that, and the best part of the issue is the very last page, and if you know me, or how I feel about the Lanterns, you’ll understand why that last page alone got the book a 4 out of 4. Head out and pick this book up, and let us know what you think in the comments below!